Positive Affirmations

A Positive Affirmation is a carefully formatted statement fostering a belief of a positive mental attitude. Positive statements can change your life for the better as they act as to void out or quiet your negative self-talk. Often, people who stutter, experience ongoing harsh and negative self-talk. Positive affirmations will help counter the negative chatter. The affirmation is present tense, positive, personal and specific. Positive affirmations are encouraged to be said out loud in front of the mirror in the morning, at night, and whenever else is needed. Say each affirmation at least 3 times before moving on to your next affirmation. This will allow the positive message to resonate deep in your mind, body and spirit. You can also create positive statements to say as well.

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Positive Affirmations — 6 Comments

  1. Hello,

    Thank you for your contribution to the ISAD. My name is Haley Dorrell and I am a first year graduate student studying speech language pathology. I really enjoyed reading over this positive affirmation document. As an aspiring speech pathologist, it is important to learn how to help people who stutter attain their upmost personal construct. Would you say your document relates to personal constructs? If so, how? In addition, would you use this document at the beginning of intervention or throughout intervention? Could positive affirmations be used as an intervention goal? If so how would you incorporate it into your therapy?

    Thank you again, I look forward to your reply!

    • Thank you for taking the time to read our paper. Keep up the graduate school work! You are very important to the field.

      To answer your questions in order:
      1) Yes, I believe that personal construct theory can also utilize positive affirmations consdereing that George Alexander Kelly (1955) agrued that ‘a person’s processes are psychologically channelized by the ways in which he anticipates events’. People who stutter anticipate speaking events all the time. Negative or positive thinking will influence the way a person thinks of an event.
      2) I would defintely get a feal of the person’s thought process pretty early in treatment, and explore what “mantra” they tell themselves during the day. Is it harsh talk or compassionate talk. Then begin having the client write down a few affirming positive thoughts, and begin to same they in session. In the beginning and end of sessions. This is not to ignore the “negative thoughts” So -checking in and validating negative thoughts is important to. Positive Self talk can lead to feeling better about themselves and more hopeful. Often times, people arent able to see the GOOD in themselves until we begin to guide them. As simple as, “I am a good person” can be an affirmation.
      3) Yes, positive affirmations can be used as a therapy goal. Refer to #3 for how to include it in session. You can have client say positive affirmations 3 times daily, and then tell a friend, loved one, supporter – what the affirmations are –

      Thanks so much. Keep in touch. We want to keep this conversation going all year. Refer back to our web page often for new updates. http://www.stutteringmoment.com/
      You can also reach me directly at NOConnorLCSW@gmail.com

      All the best,

  2. Hello!

    I am a 2nd year graduate student at the University of Minnesota – Duluth and currently enrolled in an Advanced Fluency course and see fluency clients at local schools in the area. Research is showing more and more that the emotional side to a stutter can have just as big an impact on the PWS quality of life as the phsyical behaviors seen in the PWS. I thought these worksheets were a great resource! Are they intended to be used by SLPs in sessions are seen as more of a homework or additional resource to our fluency clients? Thank you again!


    • Hi, Ali,

      Thank so much for your comment. You are correct, the emotional side to stuttering can not be overlooked. And when assessed that the client may be dealing with issues beyond your scope of practice then a referall to a therapist (LCSW, MFT, Psy.D) is needed.

      As an LCSW, I utilize all these worksheets with my clients who stutter. My colleagues who co-wrote this paper also are LCSWs (not SLPs).

      As far as any homework given, it’s always best to begin the work during the session and then direct the client on how to complete the homework between sessions.

      Keep in touch through our website, or contact me directly, noconnorlcsw@gmail.com

      All the best,

    • Hello Ali, Thank you for reading your thoughtful contributions. As a LCSW I like to say that my practice focuses on adults on Aftermath and Life Transitions. So often adults reach a place in life where they are looking back and forward in life at the negative experiences they have absorbed. Especially with living with a stutter I like to use the idea of “radical acceptance” of the stutter being what it is – just a stutter. I find managing the impact from negative micro misunderstanding and aggression from the audience to generally create the negative experience for the person. I find using Positive Affirmations part of healing process, as well as, owning your space in the world. Affirmations are essential in reshaping the negative experience into either a neutral or positive. Good to hear from you.

      Elizabeth Kapstein